RPC Bebo-Plastik has now commenced manufacture of packs using its pioneering In-Mould Label Thermoforming (IML-T) technology, following the installation of a dedicated line at its factory in Bremervörde, Germany.
The company’s first customer will be Germany’s leading producer of Mozzarella, Goldsteig, for whom RPC Bebo will produce a new custom-moulded container. Further new orders are currently being finalised.
IML-T brings premium quality decoration to the thermoforming sector, enabling food manufacturers to create effective branding and on-shelf differentiation in highly competitive markets. With the acknowledged lightweight and barrier benefits of thermoformed packs, companies can now combine a premium decoration quality with these benefits.
High capacity output makes the investment in tooling and handling equipment cost-effective, and potentially existing tools can also be modified with minimal outlay.
IML-Tapplies pre-printed labels to a container during the thermoforming process, meaning intricate, multi-coloured designs in up to eight colours can be incorporated to achieve a better level of finish and greater coverage than with direct printing. Labels can be applied to any container shape and the same system can handle different packaging shapes and weights.
"We have seen a huge amount of interest in IML-T since we launched the technology at Interpack earlier this year,” comments Robert Steinmeijer, RPC Bebo’s sales and marketing manager.
"Typical applications have included spreadable products, snacks and a number of replacement projects for can and glass, indicating the flexibility of the technology in meeting a huge range of product and branding requirements.”
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